Capitulating to the demands of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, military officials have decided Air Force recruits will no longer be required to add the phrase “so help me God” when reciting their Honor Oath.
The Air Force Academy, which requires graduates to repeat the oath at graduation, received complaints recently from the MRFF after displaying a poster featuring the entire oath: “We will not lie, steal or cheat nor tolerate among us anyone who does. Furthermore, I resolve to do my duty and live honorably, so help me God.”
When the foundation’s president, Mikey Weinstein, contacted Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, the academy’s superintendent, he successfully prompted her to remove the ostensibly offensive poster.
At the time, Johnson confirmed the academy had “already directed the Honor Review Committee to fix this next week when they meet.”
The academy itself also released a statement, indicating it was “assessing the situation” and “working to put together a way ahead that is respectful to all perspectives.”
Contrasting the view of the MRFF, the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty came out in favor of maintaining a reference to God in the oath. To do otherwise, Executive Director Ron Crews said, amounts to “hostility toward religion.”
Under the supposed leadership of Barack Obama, the armed forces have been stripped of officers and funding while Christian faith has been under constant attack. If any group of Americans could use an extra measure of divine influence, it is the men and women fighting to preserve our religious freedoms here at home.
Instead, they are seeing any semblance of their faith destroyed and derided by an increasingly secular military.
–Western Journalism staff writer
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